Cayman Arts Festival takes place from 5 to 11 February and this year again promises to be another musical extravaganza. The Journal has a preview of the extra-special entertainment planned.
Each time the Cayman Arts Festival comes round (once every two years) event-goers always comment that they wish it could be an annual event, so uplifting and entertaining are the performances. This year’s event appears to be up there with the best festivals of years gone by, with an all-star line up of entertainment from home and abroad ready to light up the airwaves with their musical talent.
First on the agenda is an opening event for the entire festival, taking place on Friday 5 February at the First Baptist Church, a central location for many a Cayman Arts Festival of the past. This will be a full-scale concert showcasing songs from Broadway classics such as “I feel pretty” from West Side Story, ‘Easily assimilated’ from Candide, “I can cook too’ from On the Town, “Never never land’ from Peter Pan and “A boy like that’ from West Side Story. Internationally acclaimed pianist, conductor and organist, Wayne Marshall and world renowned singer, Kim Creswell will take to the stage with singing and lively commentary on the background of each Broadway show throughout the event.
The following evening will feature a carnival of the Animals and 8-Hand Piano Concert, also at First Baptist Church, aimed at families who will adore seeing animals miraculously come to life through music and theatre. The event will be performed on two pianos by the well-known Cayman Arts Festival artistic directors Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef, who have delighted Cayman Arts festival event-goers in previous years by their incredible talent and showmanship. Joining the Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo in the second half for the 8-Hand Piano extravaganza are Wayne Marshall and Grammy Award winner, John McLaughlin Williams in a highly entertaining programme of transcriptions for this configuration.
‘Rising Stars’ will take place on Monday 8 February at Camana Bay.
CAF Artistic Director Glen Inanga says: “This event forms one of the centrepieces of CAF 2010 – celebrating the wealth of young talent that exists locally.”
It will feature performances by finalists who have already distinguished themselves in the Ministry of Education’s ‘Butterfield Young Musician of the Year’ competition from 2008 and 2009.
Rainer Hersch will be performing at the Aston Rutty Centre on Cayman Brac on the following evening. Rainer Hersch is a comedian and musician who has performed on every major comedy stage in Britain and abroad. He has appeared twelve times at the Edinburgh Festival; had numerous comedy-concert series at the South Bank in London; featured in comedy clubs all across Europe and in TV shows around the world, and so should be an incredibly entertaining act not to miss at this year’s Cayman Arts Festival. Grand Cayman event-goers can enjoy Rainer on Wednesday 10 February at the First Baptist Church.
The weeklong musical spectacular will finish on Saturday 13 February with a performance by a visiting youth orchestra that will be joining forces with selected local young orchestral musicians for a Grand Finale Concert again at First Baptist Church, performing a variety of works from Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor to Kalus Badlet’s Pirates of the Caribbean.
CAF Artistic Director, Jennifer Micallef says: “The opportunities for cultural cross-fertilisation are enormous and this event promises to be an invaluable experience for all performers involved.”